Thursday, August 11, 2011

Kung Fu Panda 2 (4-D) Review

Have you ever wonder whether we could ever go beyond 3D movies? Then were you surprised at the release of 4-D movies and wondered what was so unique about them? Well we have the inside scoop on what 4-D means shown through the lens of the recent summer movie animation sensation, Kung Fu Panda 2.

A 4-D (four dimensions) movie is an action packed experience where the audiences’ chair moves in different directions, bursts of gas are expelled from both sides of the viewers neck and there is a light push against one’s back, legs and neck at the precise moment that a character in the movie is rattled. On the top of all of that, the audience also gets splashed with mist during water scenes!

Watching Kung Fu Panda 2 in 4-D really made this writer feel like she was inside the movie and often left me unable to contain my multiple screams.

If you watched the first Kung Fu Panda movie, you remember the main plot where an unknown panda named Po, who works in his fathers noodle restaurant, grows up into a skillful but overweight kung fu fighter. A major question left unanswered in the first movie is why the father of that cuddly panda is a duck. "Kung Fu Panda 2" answers this as well as illustrates how Po and his fellow kung fu warriors, the Furious 5, battle to win freedom for the whole of the country.

"Kung Fu Panda 2" tells the tale of how an evil peacock, Lord Shen, tries to alter his destiny by killing off all the pandas in China. Po, now the Kung Fu Panda, sets off on his own quest to defend kung fu and defeat the evil peacock along with the Furious 5. Po struggles from the beginning to find inner peace, which apparently is a Kung Fu move required to defeat one's inner demons and Lord Shen’s cannons interestingly enough. This lays the groundwork for a great adventure driven and action packed sequel that furthers advances the tale of the Kung Fu Panda while at the same time harnessing the unique features of a 4-D movie already spelled out.

Overall, I think "Kung Fu Panda 2" was a great movie full of innovative 4-D effects, talented voice over actors and awesome graphics. The movie is filled with lots of moments of laughter as well as sadness. Even causing this reviewer to shed a tear when Po goes back to see his duck father even after finding out about his real parents. This movie appeals to kids and adults alike, even receiving a standing ovation from children in the theater. The only questioned left to answer is when does “Kung Fu Panda 3” come out and will in be in 5-D?

Zhang Jing is currently a Solbridge Student majoring in International Business and Finance 


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